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Passionate mothers, powerful sons : the lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt  Cover Image CD Audiobook CD Audiobook

Passionate mothers, powerful sons : the lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt / Charlotte Gray.

Gray, Charlotte, (author.). Ryan, Allyson, 1976- (narrator.).

Born into upper-class America in the same year, 1854, Sara Delano (later to become the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Jennie Jerome (later to become the mother of Winston Churchill) refused to settle into predictable, sheltered lives as little-known wives to prominent men. Instead, both women concentrated their energies on enabling their sons to reach the epicenter of political power on two continents. In the mid-19th century, the British Empire was at its height, France's Second Empire flourished, and the industrial vigor of the United States of America was catapulting the republic towards the Gilded Age. Sara and Jennie, raised with privilege but subject to the constraints of women's roles at the time, learned how to take control of their destinies, Sara in the prosperous Hudson Valley, and Jennie in the glittering world of Imperial London. Yet their personalities and choices were dramatically different. A vivacious extrovert, Jennie married Lord Randolph Churchill, a rising politician and scion of a noble British family. Her deft social and political maneuverings helped not only her mercurial husband but, once she was widowed, her ambitious son, Winston. By contrast, deeply conventional Sara Delano married a man as old as her father. But once widowed, she made Franklin, her only child, the focus of her existence. Thanks in large part to her financial support and to her guidance, Franklin acquired the skills he needed to become a successful politician.

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  • ISBN: 9781797167503
  • ISBN: 1797167502
  • ISBN: 9781797167510
  • ISBN: 1797167510
  • Physical Description: 11 audio discs (14 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2023]

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General Note:
Title from web page.
PDF on disc 12
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Allyson Ryan.
Subject: Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1854-1941.
Churchill, Randolph Spencer, Lady, 1854-1921.
Mothers of presidents > United States > Biography.
Mothers of prime ministers > Great Britain > Biography.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Genre: Biographies.

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Bethlehem Main Library AUDIOBOOK 973.917 11CDs (Text) 33062009828568 New Audiobook CD Nonfiction Checked Out 03/12/2024

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